Tag: Sousa Mendes

Aristides de Sousa Mendes was a Portuguese diplomat stationed in France during World War II. He ignored and defied the orders of his own government for the safety of war refugees fleeing from invading German military forces. Between June 16 and June 23, 1940, he frantically issued Portuguese visas to over 30,000 refugees, 12,000 of whom were Jews. His amazing story has until recently been forgotten in both Portugal and around the world.

March 29, 2011 / Text

Today my piece on visiting the Casa do Passal and the Legacy of Sousa Aristides de Sousa Mendes was published on the Guardian CiF. It looks at the failure to truly honor his memory as well as  how even today there are those with the power…

March 14, 2011 / Text

“The other organizations throughout Europe that work to help immigrants are in awe of what we do here, something they have been unable to do,” Timóteo explains with ethusiastic hand gestures in the air, “to run an organization for immigrants that is completely autonomous and…

March 8, 2011 / Video

Artistides de Sousa Mendes saved the lives of over 30,000 people in Southern France in 1940. He did so in defiance of orders from the Portuguese Dictator who in turn disgraced him and blacklisted him, eventually leaving him in poverty. This included the loss of Casa do…

November 15, 2010 / Audio

Gerald Mendes was born in Canada and raised with the story of his grandfather Aristides de Sousa Mendes. As he grew up he came to learn not only about the history of his family, but also about those that the actions of his grandfather during WWII helped to save. At a restaurant in Paris we sat down recently to talk about his family, his life experiences, and his activities related to the legacy of his grandfather.